Why Now is the Perfect Time to Reflect on our Passion

Why Now is the Perfect Time to Reflect on our Passion

Tragedy can bring us together…or tear us apart.

Things have been tough lately, especially here in the US. I confess, I was allowing myself to think the racial divide didn’t really exist in this country anymore, except for perhaps in isolated pockets. I can no longer think that.

I believe good can come out of anything, even the most heinous tragedy. In my little world, it was the opportunity for me to have meaningful conversations with two African-American friends. Through those conversations, I was able to glimpse into the kinds of discrimination these two fabulous, successful women and their children go through on a daily basis.

I got to hear snippets of the conversations both of them have had with their adult male children, and how they maintain near-constant phone contact with them when they are out after dark. My heart hurt for them, and I have to admit I was more than a little ashamed.

What does this have to do with our jobs? Everything. If we’ve seen evidence of anything in the past several weeks, it is that life is not guaranteed, and everything can change—or end—in an instant.

Most of us spend more waking hours at work than with our family and friends. It stands to reason, then, that unhappiness at work will infect our play time, our family time, and our sleep.

Enter Passion.

Many of you have found your passion…and you are working for a fantastic company. Do you realize just how fortunate you are? I encourage you to take a moment and let gratitude wash over you, because you are truly blessed.

Others of you have found work you are passionate about…but the organizational fit is not there. Or, you are unemployed. I ask you to feel—really feel—gratitude for having found your life’s work. That attitude of gratitude will go far as you seek out a new job.

What passion?

What if you haven’t found your passion? What if work is, well, just work? Drudgery you slog through until the weekend finally, belatedly, appears?

There are lots of great tools out there for assessing what you’re passionate about. Use one of them or create your own way of figuring this out. Reach out to me, and we’ll work together.

Here’s the important point: Make sure your work brings you joy and fulfillment. Work you’re proud of. Work that doesn’t feel like work, at least most of the time.

Let me bottom-line it for you: Loving the work you do will allow you to love—more completely and blissfully—your friends, your family, your hobbies…your life. After all, life is far too short for anything less.

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